Buying a freestanding kitchen island can look just like a built in but it costs a lot less. Plus, when you move you can usually take it with you. It can have a breakfast bar for an eat in kitchen feel. Smaller rooms can benefit from a drop down breakfast bar. Other ones will look more like a table. Here are some of the best options on the market.
Home Style Distressed Oak
If you have oak cabinetry it's better to go with a painted finish. This lightens up the room but then you won't have to match the cabinetry exactly although the oak finished top can help coordinate. Look for similar style doors and hardware compared to what is already in your room. This piece is more traditional, classic, or country.
Loft Kitchen Island
As far as looks go this is my personal favorite but I can't put it in the top spot just because it doesn't have very many reviews. However, it has all of the trends for this year such as: 1. French Style 2. Neutral French White Color 3. Distressing 4. Butcher Block top This style will compliment a shabby chic, country, French country, elegant, or neutral room.
Home Styles Nantucket
This island is available in a distressed black finish. It may cost more than you would spend for a kitchen table. However, it has shelving on the side and an inlayed black granite countertop. It would work best in a modern, country or vintage style kitchen.
Breakfast Kitchen Island
This is also both classic and trendy at the same time. You could use it in several different kitchens if you move a lot. The white and stain combination is really popular on furniture in 2014. That's why it makes the list even though it is a little bit pricy and it doesn't have as many reviews as the other options.
Home Styles Americana Ebony
This piece has an antique pewter hardware color paired with an ebony black island. It earns the top spot because of the high number of reviews. The price tag is also much lower than most of the other Home Styles products. This is because it doesn't have a stone countertop like many of the other options. I like it because of how versatile the style is. The columns and feet are elegant. The color is more contemporary. Plus, there is shelving on either side. Unless you are going with a kitchen cart or table you will probably be in the $400-$1500 range. If you sacrifice a granite or stone top this will save you several hundred dollars. It may seem like a lot but it changes how your kitchen functions and usually gives you more storage space.